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DOGS IN HEALTH CARE: Pioneering Animal Human Partnerships

  Meet the Dog Pioneers Of Health Care. I am delighted to announce release of my new book DOGS IN HEALTH CARE: Pioneering Animal-Human Partnerships.  I grew up believing that a girl and her dog could change the world. Later, for three decades, I worked in nursing and healthcare improvement. In all those years I … Continue reading DOGS IN HEALTH CARE: Pioneering Animal Human Partnerships

Writing Where Dogs and Health Care Meet

I tell dog stories. For as long as I can remember I have been reading and telling dog stories. Now I write stories about dogs , the human-animal connection, and animal assisted therapy at the intersection of animals and human health. As a masters level registered nurse, Certified Professional in Health Care Quality and a … Continue reading Writing Where Dogs and Health Care Meet

Books, Writers and Stories Oh My!- A Day at The Lone Star Ink Writers Conference

  I spent a day at the  Lone Star Ink Writers Conference here in Dallas this weekend. It was a delightful mix of sessions for many genres with all levels of writers gathered to learn craft and develop community.     The best treat of all was the venue- it was held in a Public … Continue reading Books, Writers and Stories Oh My!- A Day at The Lone Star Ink Writers Conference

Sit, Stay, Serve: The Road From Rescue Dog to Therapy Dog

  Wondering if your rescue dog has a calling as a therapy or Reading  Assistance Dog ? For many human handlers and their rescued pooches, the benefits of volunteering together in animal assisted activity is a life changing experience. Therapy dogs and their human partners bring comfort and cheer to those who may need it.  Walk down … Continue reading Sit, Stay, Serve: The Road From Rescue Dog to Therapy Dog

Why is Losing a Pet So Hard? Disenfranchised Grief

(This post was previously posted on thedailyjuniorblog.com) Why is losing a pet so hard? For many of us, pets are family. They love us unconditionally. Grief is a normal response. But sometimes loss of a pet involves disenfranchised grief, a loss that is not acknowledged by society. We must often grieve our pets in secret. … Continue reading Why is Losing a Pet So Hard? Disenfranchised Grief

Too Many Georges? How Junior Got His Name

Every rescued dog has stories to tell. This is Junior, my rescued golden retriever's, favorite. Junior, my therapy dog partner, started his golden retriever days alone, locked most of his first year of life in a crate . At eleven months old, he was sent to a shelter. He was rejected for adoption three times … Continue reading Too Many Georges? How Junior Got His Name

The Trip Before The Storm: No Dog Left Behind

This is part of an article first published in Fido Friendly Online Magazine: No Dog Left Behind June 2011. It was awarded second place in the national No Dog Left Behind Essay contest.   They are the days you never forget. Their images are burned in your heart forever. In September 2008, we were scheduled … Continue reading The Trip Before The Storm: No Dog Left Behind